Culture générale Illustration

Closer to Van Eyck

Comment mettre en avant la restauration d’un tableau… En le mettant très près!

The website Closer to Van Eyck: Rediscovering the Ghent Altarpiece presents the results from Lasting Support, An Interdisciplinary Research Project to Assess the Structural Condition of the Ghent Altarpiece. This project ran from April 2010 through June 2011 and consisted of three main segments: an urgent conservation treatment, an assessment of the current condition of the altarpiece, and a campaign of technical documentation. Its goal was to establish whether a full restoration treatment of Van Eyck’s famous polyptych was necessary in the near future, which indeed turned out to be the case.

At the initiative of The Getty Foundation, the main sponsor of Lasting Support, the project’s findings are made available through this website. You are invited to rediscover the Ghent Altarpiece in incredible close-up through thousands of new, high-resolution images, both on and underneath the paintings’ surfaces. Several texts are also made available for downloading, such as the report on the urgent conservation treatment and the findings from the dendrochronological analyses.



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